08 Jan

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French police have released picture of two suspects in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his brother Said Kouachi, 34, are both suspected in the attack, and a manhunt is under way. Vigils were held in several countries overnight to pay homage to the 12 victims

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Fracking for Oil within 100 miles of Williston North Dakota. Along the Missouri River and the Bakken shale formation. Gas burning off from newly tracked well, there is no infrastructure to capture any of this gas.

Trillions of dollars of known and extractable coal, oil and gas cannot be exploited if the global temperature rise is to be kept under the 2C safety limit, says a new report. Photograph: Les Stone/Les Stone/Corbis

Leave fossil fuels buried to prevent climate change, study urges

New research is first to identify which reserves must not be burned to keep global temperature rise under 2C, including over 90% of US and Australian coal and almost all Canadian tar sands…………………

George Monbiot: Why leaving fossil fuels in the ground is good for everyone

Vast amounts of oil in the Middle East, coal in the US, Australia and China and many other fossil fuel reserves will have to be left in the ground to prevent dangerous climate change, according to the first analysis to identify which existing reserves cannot be burned.

The new work reveals the profound geopolitical and economic implications of tackling global warming for both countries and major companies that are reliant on fossil fuel wealth. It shows trillions of dollars of known and extractable coal, oil and gas, including most Canadian tar sands, all Arctic oil and gas and much potential shale gas, cannot be exploited if the global temperature rise is to be kept under the 2C safety limit agreed by the world’s nations. Currently, the world is heading for a catastrophic 5C of warming and the deadline to seal a global climate deal comes in December at a crunch UN summit in Paris………………………


A minute’s silence is held across France at 11am on Thursday to remember the victims of Wednesday’s attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, when 12 people were shot dead. French president François Hollande and other officials gather inside the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, which sounds its bells along with churches around the country



A woman holds a copy of Charlie Hebdo in front of the European parliament in Brussels to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris shooting. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Guardian view on Charlie Hebdo: those guns were trained on free speech

Jihadi Kalashnikovs murdered journalists in Paris, but their aim was at stifling

Events in Paris today were beyond belief, indeed beyond words. The adjectives are simply not there to capture the horror unleashed by weapons of war in a civilian office. But the murder of at least a dozen French citizens, including 10 journalists on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was beyond belief in another sense too.

Whatever faith-based or other objections there may once have been to the publication’s provocative editorial judgments are now entirely beside the point. “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it,” runs the famous formulation. When men and women have gone to their deaths for nothing more than what they have said, or drawn, there is only one side to be on. The hooded thugs trained their Kalashnikovs on free speech everywhere. If they are allowed to force a loss of nerve, conversation will become inhibited, and liberty of thought itself will falter too.

While much remains to be established about the killers, some uncomfortable truths are plain. Shouts of “Allahu Akbar” were heard, revealing an inspiration that appears to come from some warped version of Islam. Two men were seen immediately and the authorities were soon hunting a third, so this was no act of a deranged individual. The targeting of a weekly editorial conference implies a ruthless concern to maximise the toll, pursued with a chilling preparedness. The heavy weaponry, too, suggests frighteningly organised links……………….


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